May 24, 2016

New Publication - Gender and Work Book Chapter

Gender and Work: Exploring Intersectionality, Resistance, and Identity

Edited by Miglena Sternadori and Carrie Prentice

"In the context of this social change, this collection offers valuable insights into the work-related intersections of gender, class, and race by using a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Case studies of the gendered workplace are presented side by side with manuscripts that weave the literary and historical contexts needed to understand contemporary patterns of labor market discrimination and equity. We hope these essays will inspire new research agendas and spark future scholarship that embraces and theorizes social justice for women and men alike." -- Introduction: On Modern Workplaces and Old-Fashioned Sisterhood

The best kind of book mail to receive is the kind containing your own writing!

Last week I received my copy of Gender and Work: Exploring Intersectionality, Resistance, and Identity. The volume is edited by Miglena Sternadori, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University, and Carrie Prentice, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of South Dakota. The chapters constitute some key presentations from the 2015 Women and Gender Conference (you can read my post about presenting at the conference here). The listing is not yet complete on Amazon, but you can order a copy direct from the publisher.

Here's the official book blurb:

Recent years have witnessed growing scholarly interest in efforts to advance women’s work and in exploring the implicit obstacles to gender equity – such as the “glass floor,” “glass ceiling,” and “glass walls” – that have persisted in most career fields. This interdisciplinary collection contributes to this new field of knowledge by curating scholarly essays and current research on gendered work environments and all the nuanced meanings of “work” in the context of feminism and gender equality. The chapters represent some of the most outstanding papers presented at the Women and Gender Conference held at the University of South Dakota on April 9–10, 2015.

The unifying focus of this collection is on the work-related intersections of gender, race, and class, which are investigated through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Some of the essays provide historical and literary contexts for contemporary issues. Others use social-scientific approaches to identify strategies for making the contemporary Western workplace more humane and inclusive to women and other disadvantaged members of society.

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students in women’s studies, sociology, history, and communication could use this book in courses that address the gendered workplace from an interdisciplinary perspective. Scholars from various disciplines interested in gender and work could also use the book as a reference and a guidepost for future research. Finally, this collection will be of interest to human resource professionals and other readers seeking to expand their perspectives on the gendered workplace.

 The volume consists of an introduction and three sections: (1) Historical Underpinnings of Gendered Workplace, (2) Case Studies and Social Scientific Approaches, and (3) Gendered Work in Literature and Popular Culture. Articles in the first section address issues including Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In philosophy, the Equal Rights Amendment, Diana Garcia's labor poetry, work within caregiving institutions, and the Young Women's Christian Association. The second section includes presentations regarding women in higher education, online gender equality, work-life boundaries, gender wage gaps within the mining industry, and parental leaves. The third section--of which my chapter is a part--includes essays on representations of women's work in the writing of Barbara Kingsolver, Clara Viebig's factory girl artwork, employment within Hannah Webster Foster's novels, women's bonds within the Disney film Brave, and reproduction within Downtown Abbey. As you can see, the topics are quite diverse and interesting and I really enjoyed listening to them at the conference.

I'm pleased my presentation was chosen for inclusion within the volume where it appears as Chapter Twelve, "The Intersection of L. T. Meade's Professional and Domestic Victorian Celebrity." The presentation developed from my research on L. T. Meade for my dissertation. Within the book chapter, I detail the author's public success as a prolific writer and editor, her private roles as a wife and mother, and the way in which interviewers reframed this dynamic in solely domestic terms. Though she authored over 250 novels in the course of her lifetime and served as editor of Atalanta magazine, interviews often dismissed the value, impact, and prolific nature of her work and instead focused on aspects of her home, its decor, and her duties as wife and mother.

Reasons to read the book chapter? First, L. T. Meade is a truly impressive historic figure whose work helped shape the writing of future authors and generations and yet she remains largely overlooked within literary history and scholarship. Second, the public/private divide and conversations regarding work-life balance are still extremely important topics of debate. Third, there are pictures! I included three original photographs included within Meade's 1894 interview with London's The Sunday Magazine.

Information about some of my other academic publications is listed below:

1 comment :